For this reason, we were keenly interested when we heard that Toyota had developed the World's First Diesel-Electric Hybrid. Except, well, it's not a car at all, it's a forklift. No matter, it's cool. Powered by a 2.5-liter diesel engine mated up with a 26 kW electric motor and nickel metal hydride battery pack, the Geneo-Hybrid forklift is capable of lifting 3.5 tons and reportedly uses 50-percent less fuel with an equal reduction in carbon emissions.
Toyota plans to begin trials of the Geneo-Hybrid forklift October 12, though only for its home market of Japan.
[Source: Carscoop, Nikkei]